2019 Grenache Blanc, El Dorado
Grenache Blanc, while not considered “obscure”, is still not widely understood by consumers. Hailing first from Northeast Spain as a mutation of the red Grenache Noir grape, and eventually migrating to various regions in the Rhone Valley—especially in the South—it is often shrugged off as a blender. Of course, this is not the case when it comes to our approach to Grenache Blanc at Skinner; this varietal, with all its complexities, takes no back seat to Viognier or Marsanne/Roussane blends. Our goal is to celebrate Grenache Blanc by crafting a wine with a foot in the past and a foot in the present; the marriage of rustic minerality and bizarre floral-salinity, with deep texture and nervy poise.